Patents Examined by Carl F. Pietruszka
  • Patent number: 4300374
    Abstract: A key retaining cylinder for a lock operative on standard keys is disclosed. The cylinder of the lock includes an idler ring driven in rotation, with lost motion, by the lock plug. The idler ring is cooperatively disposed with respect to one of the pins so as to restrict the motion thereof when that lock has been used to lock the lock set and to not restrict the movement thereof when that lock has been used to unlock the lock set. Restricted movement of the pin together with the contrapment of the pin within the combinational notch of the key prevents removal of the key. Further features and embodiments are disclosed including provisions for symmetrical operation thereof for left-handed and right-handed doors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1979
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1981
    Assignee: Tre Corporation
    Inventors: Richard O. Mullich, William R. Hunter
  • Patent number: 4299102
    Abstract: A threaded cap for sealing an automotive vehicle fuel tank is provided with a unitary molded central plastic core and a bonnet rotatably mounted on the plastic core. A pair of concentric races are defined on the plastic core. The inner race carries a unitary molded plastic frame which has a pair of resilient, closely spaced transverse cantilevered arms defining a gap therebetween. The frame is also provided with a resilient catch. A unitary molded plastic bolt is reciprocally movable along the gap to engage and disengage the core for rotation with the bonnet. The bolt has two detents which coact with the catch on the frame to hold the bolt at selected unlocking and locking dispositions of movement. The bolt includes a stud which projects into the gap between the arms so that the arms spring bias the bolt toward the locking disposition. A lock mechanism is used to shift the bolt to an unlocking disposition so that the fuel cap be disengaged from the fuel tank inlet pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1979
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1981
    Assignee: Orion Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Ernesto Aro
  • Patent number: 4294091
    Abstract: A control device for a magnetic cylindrical lock having a cylindrical housing and a cylindrical plug disposed for rotational and axial movements in the housing, comprises a longitudinal boring in the plug, magnetic rotary members arranged for rotation across the longitudinal boring, and arresting means for blocking the rotation of the plug in one axial position of the latter and for permitting the rotary movement in another axial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1981
    Assignee: Evva Werk Spezialerzeugung von Zylinder- und Sicherheitsschlossern Gesellschaft m.b.H. & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft
    Inventor: Kurt Prunbauer
  • Patent number: 4294088
    Abstract: A security device for spare tires includes a housing including an opening for receiving a shackle portion of an associated padlock. Other openings are provided for receiving an associated member to be secured by the padlock. A shackle-securing member releasably secures the shackle within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1978
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1981
    Inventor: Rolla W. Barr
  • Patent number: 4294090
    Abstract: A lock arrangement for application to a brake disc of a motorcycle wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1981
    Inventor: Romain Metzger
  • Patent number: 4290284
    Abstract: A locking device for use in conjunction with spoked wheel vehicles includes a hasp having first and second hinged members. The first member includes an outwardly projecting staple, and the second member includes a corresponding slot which passes over the staple when the second member is folded against the first member in the locked position. A threaded nut is rigidly attached to a plate, and the threaded nut is spun onto an end of a threaded wheel axle which supports the spoked wheel. The first member of the hasp is attached to the plate and to the vehicle frame by a clamping bracket engaged by screws inserted through holes within the first member and through slots within the plate. The hasp also includes a pair of flanges extending perpendicularly from opposite edges of the second member. When the second memberof the hasp is closed over the first member in the locked position, the flanges extend beyond the first member and plate and project between the spokes of the spoked wheel for immobilizing it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1981
    Inventor: Edward E. Nicksic
  • Patent number: 4290282
    Abstract: A deadbolt lock mechanism of the single cylinder type is disclosed having a latch bolt which is movable between extended and retracted positions by means of a lock cylinder at one side thereof. A thumbturn, together with manually movable coupling control means for controlling the coupling between the thumbturn and latch bolt are located at the other side of the mechanism. In the bolt retracted position, the coupling control means is movable between coupling enabling and disabling positions to condition the coupling for operation of the latch bolt by the thumbturn in the enabling position thereof, and for disabling such latch bolt operation by the thumbturn in the disabling position. Consequently, the latch bolt is operable by the lock cylinder in any position of the thumbturn and coupling control means, whereas the thumbturn is enabled for operation of the latch bolt only when the coupling control means has been moved into enabling position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1981
    Inventor: Carl H. Wildenradt
  • Patent number: 4287733
    Abstract: A lock system has an elongated key provided with a plurality of permanent magnets spaced axially and angularly apart along the key in a predetermined magnet array. A cylinder having no moving parts defines a passage generally complementary to this key and provided with a plurality of magnetic-field detectors at least some of which are arrayed to be in line with the magnets of the key when it is inserted into the passage. An electronic circuit is connected to these detectors and to an electrically operable latch and is programmed to open the latch when those detectors that are in line with the permanent magnets change state in a manner indicating that they are juxtaposed with the respective magnets, but not when one or more detectors out of line with the magnet array are similarly subjected to a magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1981
    Inventor: Mariano Gomez-Olea
  • Patent number: 4285220
    Abstract: A magnetically operable key comprises a cylindrical casing containing a turnable member, a drive member and a latch, which are all co-rotatably mounted in the casing with the drive member axially displaceable between the turnable member and the latch within the casing. The drive member has a groove defined thereon which has two circumferential portions and a slanted portion interconnecting the circumferential portions. An engagement pin is connected to the casing and extends into the guide groove for causing axial movement of the drive member when the drive member is rotated and when the pin is disposed in the slanted portion. At least one magnetic piece is pivotally mounted to the turnable member and movable by a magnetic key from a misaligned position to an aligned position. The drive member has a cavity for receiving the magnetic piece when aligned to permit axial movement of the drive member. The misaligned magnetic piece abuts against the drive member and prevents axial movement thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1981
    Inventor: Tomomasa Kajita
  • Patent number: 4282730
    Abstract: The invention relates to anti-theft devices for automobile vehicles in which such devices are fixed on the steering column of the vehicle and the aim of the invention is to provide anti-theft steering device which can be adapted to steering column of differing diameters while retaining the necessary security of the fixing. The device comprises a casing containing a locking bolt operated by a security lock and a base to which the casing is secured by means of screws with breakaway heads. The base has a half bore corresponding to the steering column to be equipped with the device and is secured by a flexible member whose first end is selectively fixed by a pin at one of several discrete locations and whose other end is secured to the base in an adjustable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1981
    Assignee: Neiman S.A.
    Inventor: Paul Lipschutz
  • Patent number: 4281526
    Abstract: The invention relates to an anti-theft device especially but not solely for automobile vehicles which causes blocking of the gear-change lever.The gear-change lever is articulated about an axis substantially parallel with the floor of the vehicle and close to this floor. The floor has attached to it a lock device arranged to imprison the said lever after it has been pivoted down flat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1981
    Assignee: Neiman S.A.
    Inventor: Paul Lipschutz
  • Patent number: 4276761
    Abstract: A coincidental lock for a motor vehicle comprises a key controlled lock cylinder mounted in the axial bore of a housing for axial displacement and for rotation in its inward position into selected operating positions. A lock bolt is mounted in a cross bore of the housing for displacement between a retracted and a locking position for the steering column of the vehicle. A spring biases the lock bolt into the locking position and displaces the lock cylinder outwardly, and a latch member on the lock bolt maintains the lock bolt in the retracted position when the lock cylinder is in the inward position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1981
    Inventor: Rudolf Eichenauer
  • Patent number: 4272974
    Abstract: A key operated dead bolt lock includes one or a pair of standard threaded mortise cylinders. The lock further includes set screws, inaccessible from either side of a door in which the lock is installed, which prevent rotation of the cylinders. The cylinders hold cylinder collars in place to prevent access to the bolt from the side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1981
    Assignee: Lori Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas F. Hennessy
  • Patent number: 4271690
    Abstract: An antitheft device for two-wheeled vehicles includes a U-shaped fork whose central portion is articulated on the vehicle. The two branches pivot about an axis defined by the central portion in planes substantially parallel to the longitudinal plane of symmetry of the vehicle. In a first position, ends of the branches are located near respective sides of a wheel of the vehicle. In a second position the ends are located on sides of a support member. In a third position the ends of the branches are located to the rear of the vehicle. In each of the positions, a locking member, preferably in the form of a bar removably connects the two ends. The locking member includes a key operated lock whose bolt cooperates with an orifice or bore near one end of the U-shaped fork, the orifice or bore acting as a keeper for the bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1981
    Assignee: Ateliers de la Motobecane
    Inventor: Christian Jaulmes
  • Patent number: 4270780
    Abstract: A fastening device for a door permits the actuation thereof by a handle, a locking element, or a key of normal kind. A bearing, fast to the wall of the door, can receive either a standard shaft, or a lock cylinder, or again a shaft having a head of particular shape, each of these three members being associated with a same operating handle and a same bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1981
    Assignee: La Telemecanique Electrique
    Inventor: Pierre J. Bernard
  • Patent number: 4269049
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for effectuating locking of a wheel includes at least one rotatable arcuate jaw which is in opposition to an opposed jaw. Contact by the wheel with the rotatable jaw causes the rotation thereof into mating interengagement with the opposed jaw. The mating interengagement causes the jaws to envelope or encircle the wheel thereby locking the wheel in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1981
    Inventor: George H. Henderson
  • Patent number: 4268070
    Abstract: An orifice flange clamp for use with a pair of butted together pipe line orifice flanges. The clamp is comprised of a pair of semi-circular bands adapted to be clamped together around the periphery of the butted together orifice flanges at their interface. The bands have cut-out sections fitting around the conventional test plugs on the orifice flanges. Plugs are provided for sealing off the break-away bolt holes. A specially devised pumping collar is provided for pumping sealant through a flange bolt hole. This pumping collar comprises an elongated bolt-like member having a reduced diameter fitted through opposed flange holes with nuts at both ends in order that a pumping collar having a loose fit over the elongated bolt-like member can be drawn tight. The pumping collar is provided with a port which receives a sealant line for pumping sealant at high pressure through the port and through the collar to the interface between the butted together flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1981
    Inventor: Harold R. Adams
  • Patent number: 4266415
    Abstract: A door lock, in particular a lock for hotel room doors. Actuation of the exterior door handle creates a supply of compressed air which is directed through a coding assembly to actuate a lock release member. The operation of the coding assembly is controlled by a pair of matching punched cards. One of the cards is normally positioned within the lock and the other card is retained by an authorized user for insertion into the lock to operate the coding assembly. Two separate coding assemblies are provided with a hotel door lock, one being for use by a guest and the other under the control of the hotel management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1981
    Inventor: Walter W. H. Clarke
  • Patent number: 4266414
    Abstract: A coincidental lock for a motor vehicle comprises a key controlled lock cylinder mounted in the axial bore of a housing for axial displacement between an outward and an inward position, and for rotation in its inward position into selected operating positions. A lock bolt is mounted in a cross bore of the housing for displacement between a retracted and a locking position for the steering column of the vehicle. A spring biases the lock bolt into the locking position, and a latch member on the lock bolt maintains the lock bolt in the retracted position when the lock cylinder is in the inward position. A driving member operated by the rotation of the lock displaces the bolt against the spring bias into the retracted position and includes a control ring arranged for engagement with the latch member in the retracted position and carrying a cam projecting from the control ring towards the lock bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1981
    Inventor: Rudolf Eichenauer
  • Patent number: 4261189
    Abstract: A retainer plate is pivotally mounted on a panelboard cabinet door lock housing, which carries a latch for locking the door. A detent on the plate engages in a rabbet opening to enable limited opening movement of the door in response to the pressure developed by arc gases generated by fault currents passing through a tripped circuit breaker in the panelboard cabinet. For ordinary opening movement, the lock latch is manually operated to pivot the retainer plate and disengage the detent from the rabbet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1981
    Assignee: Square D Company
    Inventors: Walter T. Brumfield, Jr., Norman M. Newsome, Harris I. Stanback